R 288
2019 -- S 0874
Enacted 05/14/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Goldin, Gallo, Morgan, Quezada, and Ruggerio
Date Introduced: May 14, 2019

     WHEREAS, Every Rhode Islander should have the opportunity to live the healthiest life
possible, in the healthiest community possible. One’s ZIP code, gender identity, race, ethnicity,
language, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, occupation, income, age, or level of
education should not determine one’s health; and
     WHEREAS, Up to eighty percent of health outcomes are determined outside the doctor’s
office, inside our communities. The conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and
play can shape health in profound and long-lasting ways; and
     WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is committed to
advancing health equity, so that every Rhode Islander in every community has a fair and just
opportunity for good health; and
     WHEREAS, Women are the custodians of family health and play a critical role in
maintaining the overall well-being of their families and communities. However, because of the
many roles women play as primary caregivers, providers, spouses, mothers, and grandmothers, all
too often women neglect their own health needs; and
     WHEREAS, Women of color have experienced glaring health disparities, and have
disproportionately higher rates of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypertension, and certain forms
of cancer; and
     WHEREAS, Advancing women’s health equity requires removing obstacles to health
such as poverty, racism, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and
lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, and safe environments;
     WHEREAS, Annually, during National Women's Health Week, millions of women take
steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a
priority and build positive health habits for life; and
     WHEREAS, The 20th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day,
May 12, and is celebrated through May 18, 2019. The United States Department of Health and
Human Services' Office on Women’s Health leads National Women’s Health Week to encourage
all women to be as healthy as possible; and
     WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Department of Health’s Health Equity Institute, in
partnership with Sista Fire, invites community members across the State to shine a spotlight on
the many factors that adversely affect women’s health, form partnerships to create a healthier
state for all, and foster social and multi-cultural connectedness among women across Rhode
Island; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby commemorates and celebrates “National Women’s Health Week” from May 12 through
May 18, 2019, and encourages all Rhode Islanders to support efforts to make women’s health and
equity a shared priority; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of
the United States, Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island
Congressional Delegation, and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director, Rhode Island
Department of Health.